If you plan on adding a new PC to your existing network, here are some things to consider.
When planning to add a PC to your network, the location is probably one of the most important things to consider. You need to make sure there is adequate power close by. Is there a place to connect the network cable? If using wireless – How far away from the access point are you (see previous blog on wireless). Without doing a little prep work before hand, you may be wasting time and money by picking a location that is not ready for a PC just yet.
What do you want to do with this computer?
If this is another workstation, what do you plan to do with it? Is it going to need to access the Internet or email? If it does, you will need the email and network configuration to allow for this access. You may even need to contact your ISP to setup a new email. Although new email addresses may be able to be setup by you. The help section of your ISP’s home page should be able to direct you to where this needs to be done and the settings that will need to be used. What you want to do with your PC may even dictate the user-name and password used to log in. This is a consideration especially if this PC needs to access a Server or needs to be accessed by other users.
Training the User.
Training the user involves how to log in, and access shared resources (printers or folders on another PC). It is important to cover the companies policies on Internet, email, and applications usage. Include how and who to report PC or application issues to for support. Consider creating an employee handbook of these things and schedule a one-on-one with the user to cover the details. This will be very helpful for the user especially if they are a new employee.
If you need some help reviewing your site for adding a new PC, training, or just advice feel free to call the CCS Support Department at 800-672-4806 or email us. We can setup an appointment to review your site and concerns.